April 20, 2012
Rain, Rain, Come to Play
Heard on the news yesterday that in 47 days, we have had lless than .5" of rain. Normally we would have a bit over 5". Add that to the non-snowy winter and we are just a bit low on the moisture content of the soil.
At work the other day, there was a bit of excitement as a passing train threw some sparks and set the brush on fire. The fire department responded and all was put out before it hit any of the business buildings on either side of the tracks. The fire was to the side, and in between our two buildings (which has two parking lots and a break of trees/grass between), almost to the edge of the parking lot. The first picture is taken from my building, looking toward the corner of the other building.
We are finally supposed to get some decent rain. Starting Saturday late afternoon, we should get a bit of rain, but then on Monday, we will probably get walloped. They are forecasting a Nor'easter, which may dump as much as 5" of rain in some spots. Hopefully the top soil gets a decent soaking from the first rains before the monsoon hits. If we can get the soil used to soaking up water, it will be able to handle a lot more than if the top layer is bone dry; then it will just shed the water and massive flooding will occur.
At least the phlox will finally have a reason to bloom - right now only a few plants have bothered when usually I have a whole carpet of phlox blooms in front of the fence. Some of the daffodils are blooming, but even they don't seem too enthusiastic. Maybe the next 3-4 days will change all that.
You didn't really need that sort of excitement, did you? Glad that the fire didn't get ahead of the Nashua FD.
So sorry that we can't average out our weather. We've had plenty of rain this spring. The knockout roses in the island at the end of our street are blooming with gay abandon. Our own irises are in full tilt, now. I took a couple of stems of irises (one with 3 yellow blooms/buds, the other with 3 "champagne", frilly blooms/buds) to the shelter this morning.
Let's hope that the Nor'easter takes it easy on you!
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 20, 2012 8:31:45 PM
We not only haven't had rain, but the air is dry too - which neither we nor the plants are used to. It has been so dry that the other day it felt like the humidity had gone up and I checked, it had, to 30-something %. Downright desert like!
Posted by: bogie at Apr 21, 2012 6:01:54 AM
Only someone who lives in a humid area would think 30% to be desert-like. You may (or may not) recall that ABQ ran about 12% - 14%. (Or, maybe it is I who cannot remember correctly!)
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 21, 2012 8:36:04 PM